Sunday, May 31, 2009
I've had a scratchy throat, itchy watery eyes and have been sneezing all weekend. I know it's bad when I start sneezing and can't stop long enough to catch my breath. I always try to hold out as long as possible before I break down and take my allergy pills because they make me tired and put my head in a fog but I couldn't hold out all weekend if I wanted to breathe again. Breathing is a good thing. We got a short rain shower in the afternoon but it didn't help bring down the pollen count much.
Needless to say, I wasn't able to work out much in between all the sneezing and wheezing. I hope we get some rain to wash away all the fake snow out there so I can breath again.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
It's funny how clothes that would look adorable in size 9-10 look like old lady fat clothes in a size 16-18. Things need to change. I can't do this anymore. I can't keep talking about losing weight and thinking about losing weight but not doing enough about it to get results. It is making me crazy.
I was also thinking about how I keep saying I know how to lose but haven't been able to maintain any substantial loss but that really isn't true. The few times I've lost a substantial amount of weight (over 60 pounds) I never made it down to my goal weight. I would start gaining the weight back even before I got to my goal weight. I need to change things and get to the finish line and then figure out how to do the maintenance thing. I'm not getting any younger.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The forecast was warning it was going to be a scorcher today with temps in the 90s so I tried to find my lightest weight top to wear to work today. I couldn't find the shirt I was looking for so I threw on what I could find that fit and started rushing out the door. I was running a little late but would still make it to work on time if I caught the bus and the train without too long of a wait. As I was heading out the door I saw the lighter weight shirt I was looking for so I whipped off the shirt I put on and threw the lighter shirt on and ran out the door. I walked down the street to the bus stop and as I started reading my book I looked down and noticed the seam on the outside of my shirt. OMG - I put my shirt on backwards!! Now what am I going to do? Do I wait 'til I take the bus and the train and walk to the office to change, do I run back to the house and miss the bus, do I stomp my feet and throw a temper tantrum? Do I go home and crawl back into bed?
I knew I would miss the bus if I went all the way back up the three flights of stairs to my apartment so I went up on my front porch which is hidden behind three massive trees to quickly turn my shirt around.
Yeah, it was another one of THOSE days. Am I the only one who leaves the house with two different shoes and inside out clothes?
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This must be the year for the underdogs. Do you think the front runners (Tara, Gilles and Adam) got ripped off? Were you surprised?
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
We all know how frustrating it is to see a man decide to lose weight so they cut out a couple of beers and cut back on a few burgers and miraculously lose 20 pounds in a week or so. Why can't it be that easy for woman? Well, apparently it isn't that easy for all men, especially if they are over 400 pounds and can only handle 48 seconds on the treadmill.
If you have a long way to get to your goal or are just looking for a little extra push to get you to work out today, check out The Anti-Jared's video blog about his first trip to the gym. This guy has completely changed his life and is an inspiration to anyone who thinks they can't work out. We all have to start somewhere, right?
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
- Tape the banner on your blog somewhere
- Pass the Super Blogger Award along to 5 fellow Super Bloggers
- Be sure leave the winners a comment on their blog so they know they've won a Super Blogger Award and know how special you think they are
- Link back to the Super Blogger who gave it to you.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Top 10 things Mothers say:
- Be quiet
- Go to your room
- Don't touch that
- Don't be late
- I'll f'n kill you
- Get your a$$ home NOW
- Because I said so
- Because I am your Mother, that's why!
- I will not tolerate being disrespected
Ummm, that doesn't sound right ... I guess those aren't the top ten things MOST mothers would say. I would imagine MOST mothers would say things like:
- You can do it
- I'm proud of you
- I'll support your decision
- I'm happy for you
- Good job
- Can I help?
- Have fun
- Be careful
- You look beautiful
- I love you
Hopefully you had a mother (or are a mother) who says more of the things on the second list. No matter what category you fall into, I hope you had a Happy Mother's Day!
Friday, May 8, 2009
I'm totally stressing out about her visit considering what happened during her last visit. The good news is she won't be staying with me (ever again) so she will be driving my brother nuts for the four days she's here. Hopefully she can make it through the four days without him losing his mind and going off on her. She really knows how to push all the right buttons, she installed them.
*My Mothership should not to be confused with Diet Girl's Mothership. My Mothership is from an entirely different planet, far, far away from Oz.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Most of us who have been at this weight loss game for a while have been disappointed by the results of every new diet out there or we've lost weight only to regain it back at lightening speed plus another 5 or 10+ pounds (hi, that's me). We've been "good," we've dieted, we've lost, we've regained, we've dieted again and again but we just keep going round the same circle, jumping through the same hoops, doing the same tricks and we end up in the same fat place over and over again.
I think I've learned my lesson after all these years. There is no quick fix for permanent weight loss. To be healthy we have to live a healthy lifestyle that will sometimes include cake. We can't deprived ourselves of foods we love but we can learn to eat them in moderation. It's all good (well, except for those evil carrot muffins).
I'm on the No Diet diet where I eat good food and move my a$$ on a regular basis. It is the easiest plan to live with. All you have to do is eat lots of fruits, vegetables, lean protein and occassional treat and work up a good sweat on a consistent basis. Sounds easy enough, huh?
Go here to check out the top 10 reasons diets don't work. I love the number one reason to give up dieting: "Learning to love and accept yourself just as you are will give you self-confidence, better health, and a sense of well-being that will last a lifetime."
Be good to yourself and enjoy your life today. Don't wait until you lose 10, 20, 50, 100, or 200+ pounds. Start living the life you want right now.
I Want to Talk About Myself
1. Were you named after anyone?
The Fab Four came out with "Michelle" during the Summer of Love and my mother decided to change my name after hearing the new song. If not for the Beatles, my name would have been Cheryl. I wasn't a big fan of the song and hated when people called me "Michelle My Belle" but it has grown on me over the years. I don't think my father had much of a say in the matter as he was on the outs by that time but I think he pushed for my middle name to start with "L" so I would have "MLB" (Major League Baseball) for initials.
2. When was the last time you cried?
I tear up so easily; my eyes start watering when the wind blows. The last time I cried was last night while watching the Biggest Loser. I get so emotional watching people change their lives. I even cry watching the Olympics, sad movies/tv and sappy commercials. B calls me "a sensitive flower." It's probably been about six months since I've had a really good cry due to something going on in my life (usually work).
3. Do you like your handwriting?
Yeah, it is legible most of the time and sorta pretty but I wish I could write straight across on paper without lines.
4. What is your favorite lunch meat?
Honey Roasted Turkey is pretty much the only lunch meat I eat.
5. Do you have kids?
No, I have B; he's more than enough. I've never really wanted to have kids and now that I'm past 40 it doesn't seem likely but you never know, stranger things have happened. I'm pretty sure I got a defective clock, it doesn't keep the time.
6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
I would love to have me for a friend. I just wish I treated myself as well as I treat my friends.
7. Do you use sarcasm?
Only around people who are smart enough to get it, otherwise it isn't any fun.
8. Do you still have your tonsils?
Yes I do and they are HUGE. Every doctor and dentist comments on how big my tonsils are but they refuse to take them out unless there is a reason.
9. Would you bungee jump?
Oh yeah! Absolutely! I did it! I bungee jumped off a crane at the Champlain Valley Fair a few years ago. It was probably the craziest thing I've ever done. I have a video of it and my heart rate spikes just watching it. I can't believe I did it. I'm always shocked by the gut wrenching noise I made when I jumped off the platform. I sounded as if someone stabbed me in the chest while I hurled. "EEEEHHHHHHHUUUUGGGGGHHHHH" ... then, once I bounced on the rope a few times I let out the "WOOOOOOOOOOO." I had perma-grin for days after. I should try to get that video on a digital file so I can show you. It was crazy and scary but I think I would do it again even if I'd be more scared now that I know what it's like.
10. What is your favorite cereal?
As a kid my favorite cereal was Lucky Charms, especially the marshmallow parts. Now I'd have to say my favorite is Honey Nut Cheerios or Chex.
11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
Not if I can get them off without doing it.
13. What is your favorite ice cream?
When I was a kid I always got chocolate chip with extra jimmies but now my favorite is probably black raspberry with chocolate jimmies. There's a place in my neighborhood that has "Purple Cow" frozen yogurt (raspberry yogurt with milk and white chocolate chunks) with extra chocolate jimmies that is better than any full fat ice cream. I don't kid myself that it is even the slightest bit healthy but it is delicious.
14. What is the first thing you notice about people?
Definitely the eyes.
15. Red or pink?
I'm not a big fan of either color but I guess I would prefer red over pink.
16. What is the least favorite thing about yourself?
My FAT and short stature. I'll always be short but I can (and will) do something about the FAT.
17. Who do you miss the most?
18. Do you want everyone to complete this list?
Sure but I usually don't bother to do them so if they want to great, if not, no biggie.
19. What color pants and shoes are you wearing?
Black/Black. 99.9% of the time the answer is black (shocker, huh?).
21. What are you listening to right now?
Good Morning America.
22. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
23. Favorite smells?
Fresh baked bread, mountain top air, fresh fallen snow, fresh cut grass, oranges and other citrus fruits.
24. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
B called to tell me I left my T pass and ipod in the car last night so now I have to go to work without tunes and pay extra to get on the train. UGGHH!
25. Do you like the person who sent this to you?
It wasn't sent to me but I love all the bloggers out there.
26. Favorite sports to watch?
Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. Boston is the best sports town EVAH!
27. Hair color?
Whatever the hell my brother/hair stylist feels like. Currently it's light brown with high and low lights (and grey roots growing in). Good thing I have an appointment Friday.
28. Eye color?
Various shades of Blue depending on what I'm wearing and what kind of mood I'm in, with a darker blue ring around the iris.
29. Do you wear contacts?
Only on special occasions or when I'm playing winter sports. I can't be flying down a mountain or trail with fogged glasses. My eyes are super sensitive so I usually rip the contacts out as soon as the occasion is over. I have daily disposables so I can just toss them anywhere and put my glasses back on.
30. Favorite food?
Everything that isn't good for me, especially those evil white carbs ... bread, pasta, SUGAR, etc., etc., etc., oh, and chocolate. MMMmmmmm
31. Scary movies or happy endings?
I can't watch the spooky/gory stuff. It makes me tense.
32. What color shirt are you wearing?
Black and white (again, shocker, huh?)
32. Last movie you watched?
Quantum of Solace.
34. Summer or winter?
WINTER!!! The more snow the better.
35. Hugs or kisses?
Depends who's doing the hugging and kissing.
37. Most likely to respond?
Whoever is bored, wants to waste some time or wants to tell us something about themselves.
38. Least likely to respond?
Everyone who has something better to do.
39. What book are you reading now?
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. I'm always reading something. Do you have any good book recommendations?
40. What is on your mouse pad?
I only use one at work and up until last week it was the Tasmanian Devil but I just got a new one with Gerber Daisies.
41. What did you watch on t.v. last night?
The Biggest Loser. I love watching the transformations and the time lapsed pictures of the Losers. I think I cry at least once during every episode. I want to be a LOSER too.
42. Favorite sounds?
I love listening to a crackling bonfire, the crickets and frogs while sitting out in the woods on a clear night or being woken up by the bird song in the spring although I wish they didn't start the concert so damn early.
43. Rolling Stones or Beatles?
Both. I've got a Rock 'n Roll heart.
44. What is the farthest you've been away from home?
I haven't gone far enough.
North - Canada; South - the Southern most point in Key West, Florida; West - Kansas City, MO.
I'm pretty sure once I go to the mountains out west or way up north I won't want to come back. Hmmm...that may not be such a bad idea. It's pretty sad that I don't even have a passport. I really need to get out more.
45. Do you have a special talent?
I like to think, and I've been told, I have a good photographic eye.
46. Where were you born?
About 3 miles away in a hospital that doesn't exist anymore. There's a church and a few McMansions there now.
47. Whose answers are you looking forward to getting back?
Anyone who spends the time to answer.
48. How did you meet your spouse/significant other?
We only lived a couple of blocks away from each other and I would walk by his house all the time on the way to my then boyfriend's house or I'd see him driving around the city. He says he had fantasies after seeing me walk home from cheerleading practice in my cute little uniform. Those were the days when I could wear a cute little uniform.
Not long after my then boyfriend broke up with me 'cause I wouldn't let him have my sweet cherry, I went to visit B's sister at her house and B was there. He was happy to hear I was single again and didn't hesitate to asked me out in front of his whole family. The rest, as they say, is history.
Ok, enough about me. It's time to talk about yourself.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Kirstie recently sat down with Oprah to tease us about yet another weight loss plan that she has researched over the past year and a half while her exercise equipment was sitting in her garage. The day she moved all the equipment into the garage is the day she decided to regain the weight she lost.
Oh, Kirstie, Kirstie, Kirstie ... we've done this before, we've lost and regained and lost again but we can't just "go on" another weight loss plan. A plan that we "go on" is something that we eventually will "go off" of and that is why we need to break the cycle. We need to learn how to permanently change our lifestyle so that we eat a certain way and move a certain amount for the rest of our lives. If Kirstie's new plan is a lifetime plan then it will be a smashing success. It took me many years and many diets to learn that diets just don't work in the long run.
I hope Kirstie can figure out how to win her battle of the bulge but if her plan is just another diet to go on I have a feeling there will be another sit down with Oprah about another failed loss/regain cycle.
Maybe Kirstie has uncovered the secret the rest of us have been unable to figure out. I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens and how different her weight loss plan is from everything else that is already out there. Do you think Kirstie's new weight loss plan will work for her? I hope she does but I have my doubts.